Premier League (EPL) squads have plenty of players, including some you may have forgotten about.
Premier League squads are now so big and clubs are so rich that the incentive to offload the deadwood is great but often difficult.
Many squad players may be on favourable terms and so trying to find them a move elsewhere proves difficult, so they just stay where they are. They don’t play, and then they fall out of our memory.
Here are Primenewsghana.com's 7 Premier League’s most “wait, he’s still there?” men sigh:
Arsenal, 26 years old
Yes, Big Jenks, possibly the last of the Arsenal meme players, is still at Arsenal. A remnant of a bygone era in more than one way, Jenkinson never really cut the mustard at the Emirates even though his impassioned plea to Theo Walcott to actually defend in Arsenal’s 8-2 loss to Manchester United will go down in history.
Chelsea, 24 years old
In addition to cultivating the best youth academy in the country, Chelsea also went through a period of signing great young talents. Lucas Piazon was one such talent. A future genius, the new Kaka! Well, not exactly. He’s been on more loans (5) than he has played games for Chelsea (3) and was last seen playing for Fulham in the Championship. Yet he’s still somehow bound to the Blues!
Liverpool, 24 years old
One of the more inexplicable wastes of talent in the Premier League, Lazar Markovic should have been magnificent. But Jurgen Klopp has had as much interest in playing him as he does with playing slow, patient, possession football. Markovic was on loan to Anderlecht this year and was supposed to move back there permanently. Yet the deal fell through (some say over money, Markovic says otherwise) so now he remains at Liverpool, unregistered and unnumbered.
Manchester City, 27 years old
Mangala should have been a colossus for Manchester City, but something just never clicked for him in the Premier League. Every now and again he had a run of games where you thought it’d come good, but no. You’d figure his contract would have run out by now (he signed for City in 2014!) but no, there’s still time to go on whatever megabucks offer he was given. So he’s gonna chill and ride that deal out.
Watford, 29 years old
One of the many strikers that Watford have paired with Troy Deeney, Okaka looked like he could be the real deal for a hot minute there. He scored on the opening day of last season in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool but hasn’t found the back of the net since. In fairness, he’s also barely played since then as the Hornets have found other, better options. Though Watford haven’t sold him, and apparently even turned down an offer from Bursaspor to loan him. Maybe he’s really funny?
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Spurs, 24 years old
Burnley, 34 years old
If you cast your mind back, you will actually remember a time when Sir Alex Ferguson dropped David De Gea for Anders Lindegaard. It was a wild and hectic time in the world. Lindegaard signed for Burnley just over a year ago, yet only debuted in July 2018, as a sub, in Europa League qualifying. He played one more game in Europe and hasn’t featured since. Even so, with Joe Hart, Tom Heaton and Nick Pope all ahead of him in the Turf Moor pecking order, you could make an argument that Lindegaard is the world’s best fourth-choice goalkeeper.
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